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Kofax RPA is #12 ranked solution in best RPA tools. IT Central Station users give Kofax RPA an average rating of 8 out of 10. Kofax RPA is most commonly compared to UiPath:Kofax RPA vs UiPath. Kofax RPA is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 71% of users researching this solution on IT Central Station. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 34% of all views.
What is Kofax RPA?

Eliminate Errors by Automating Data Gathering and Input

Reduce error-prone, manual data entry and complete processes the same way, every time, resulting in more accurate, reliable outcomes. Automate virtually any activity that involves accessing and acting on information.

Increase Operational Efficiency with Intelligent Software Robots

Streamline the collection of important business data so you can stop draining your budget and resources. Infuse speed, intelligence, efficiency and quality into your business processes while freeing up your employees for more valuable work.

Lower Development Costs without the Need for Coding

Develop robotic automation processes to automatically run complex integrations and access any web data source without the need for costly and time-consuming coding. Efficiently complete automation projects that have been previously delayed due to more pressing needs.

Extend the Value of Business Process Automation (BPM) Solutions

Deploy robotic process automation (RPA) tactically within a business unit to meet your specific goals for a part of or the entire process. Run RPA as complementary to your business management (BPM) and case management platforms—using robots at various steps within a larger set of key business processes to further eliminate manual work.

Monitor and Optimize Processes with Robotic Process Intelligence

Proactively monitor and optimize the health of your robotic process automation platform with Kapow Robotic Process Intelligence. Monitor trends, ensure compliance, detect potential problems in real time and maximize the productivity of your digital workforce.

Kofax RPA was previously known as Kofax Kapow, Kapow.

Kofax RPA Buyer's Guide

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Kofax RPA Customers
Aetna, BNP Paribas, Citi, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ING, Aviva, Humana, Willis, Merck, University Hospitals, CardinalHealth, American Red Cross, Alegri, Capita
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Kofax RPA pricing:
  • "I don't have complete insight at this point in time, but I would guess that Kofax is a lot less expensive than Automation Anywhere. I would expect its license to be on a yearly basis."
  • "Its pricing is reasonable given the product capabilities. Kofax has a wide range of products, and it can sometimes be confusing to understand which capabilities come with which product set. One of the key facets that we've been looking into recently is cognitive document recognition that was a core pile of some of their other technologies such as Kofax transformation modules (KTM)."
  • "Price is not a problem, because they are a competitor and we have a special rate."

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Venkateswarlu Paturu
Service Delivery Manager / Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, scalable, and provides flexibility to use already-developed components, but its documentation is not widely available and it needs a feature similar to Discovery Bot

Pros and Cons

  • "The flexibility to use already-developed components is really good. You can use it for Excel-related operations and other things."
  • "Its documentation is not widely available on the web. They should work on the availability of its documentation. In Automation Anywhere, there is a feature called Discovery Bot that automatically records the process steps and suggests a possible bot. I am not sure if such a feature is available in Kofax. If it is not available, it will be very good to have this feature. "

What is our primary use case?

We did a POC for a customer. We had a couple of use cases to pull information from one system and upload it to the cloud, and based on that data, we were building some reports in Tableau. This data needed to be periodically available in the cloud, and we were using Kofax for that. 

Within our organization, we have implemented it for collecting the employee timesheet data and sending reports to the top management on a daily basis. We are currently using its latest version.

What is most valuable?

The flexibility to use already-developed components is really good. You can use it for Excel-related operations and other things.

What needs improvement?

Its documentation is not widely available on the web. For Automation Anywhere, a lot of documentation and YouTube videos are widely available, whereas the documentation for Kofax is not that widely available. When there is a problem, the channels through which I can get a solution are limited. Its forums are also limited as compared to Automation Anywhere, and we have to figure things out ourselves, which takes a lot of time. They should work on the availability of its documentation.

In Automation Anywhere, there is a feature called Discovery Bot that automatically records the process steps and suggests a possible bot. I am not sure if such a feature is available in Kofax. If it is not available, it will be very good to have this feature. It will definitely help in involving non-technical people who are dealing with the process. They can go ahead and run this discovery bot and then provide that input to the technical team. The technical team can use this input to improve an already-defined high-level bot.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

As of now, it seems to be stable. We haven't used it for a high volume.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable at this point. It is scalable for the purpose for which we are using it. 

From a development point of view, we currently have two users. We have plans to increase its usage. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't got a chance to interact with them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have done a lot of work with Automation Anywhere. We have recently started to work with Kofax. Competitively, it is on par with Automation Anywhere. However, for Automation Anywhere, a lot of documentation and YouTube videos are widely available, whereas the documentation for Kofax is not that widely available. Kofax RPA is also not as straightforward to deploy as Automation Anywhere.

How was the initial setup?

It is not that straightforward.  We tried it and then went ahead and set it up. There is a way to deploy the bots and all that stuff, and we literally had to figure everything out. It is not as straightforward as Automation Anywhere. It is a little bit more complex than Automation Anywhere.

Its deployment didn't take too much time. We figured it out within four or five hours.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't have complete insight at this point in time, but I would guess that Kofax is a lot less expensive than Automation Anywhere. I would expect its license to be on a yearly basis.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution. It is a comparatively good solution. They seem to have a very strong OCR solution and DocuSign solution as part of Kofax.

We are getting more insights into their partner program. We have requested to get into their partner program. If our organization becomes a partner, it will possibly have a little advantage on the cost side. We have a very strong customer base across Europe, America, and India. We tried to sell Automation Anywhere, and one of the customers was very much interested in the solution, but everything got stopped because of the price. I just want to see if Kofax's pricing is a little bit competitive and there is a price advantage for partners so that I can suggest it as an alternative to customers who are approaching us for automation solutions.

I would rate Kofax RPA a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Very good drag and drop functionality but needs orchestration and needs to offer more scalability

Pros and Cons

  • "The drag and drop functionality is quite good."
  • "The solution needs to be scalable."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to automate a process, be it in any middle office, back office, center office or IT office. It covers all four quadrants.

What is most valuable?

I haven't been exposed to the solution on a micro-level. Our senior technicians would be able to better answer the question about valuable features.

The pricing is quite good.

Kofax has already had the capabilities in terms of the OCR performance so that's one of the strong features.

The drag and drop functionality is quite good.

The solution allows for integrations, which is quite helpful.

What needs improvement?

I've noticed that no solution, including this one, is trying to automate very simple processes. There are always exceptions and special cases involved in regards to how you can handle these instances. It requires a kind of deep understanding of how to utilize these features and it's not very straightforward as of right now. The documentation could be stronger.

The solution should add orchestration into its next release. 

The solution needs to be scalable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been hit and miss for us. We've installed the solution in a couple of places. In one place it's not great but in other places it's fine.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability depends on the business case of the client. If it's the right process, to get automated, it is always scalable. If it's the wrong process, there will be limitations.

We largely work with small scale enterprises.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never reached out to technical support, however, I'm sure my team has. I haven't heard of any issues, but I can't speak to how technical support operates.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before using Kofax, we used a solution called Topline.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup has a moderate amount of complexity. Deployment took a couple of days. 

It took a maximum of two people to handle the rollout. Since we are a startup; we jointly set the responsibility in our work zone so it was handled by the senior developer having the entire responsibility of installing this solution. They are the first person to get their hands on the system.

Maintenance of the solution after the initial setup takes two people.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the implementation ourselves.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There aren't any costs over and above the standard fee. Generally, we do our licensing from India due to cost constraints.

What other advice do I have?

I am a co-founder of a tech company. We are into robotics process automation, as well as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. So we've been working on across multiple tools available in the market, be it the top front lineup, Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath, Kryon, WinAutomation, etc.

I'm not an end-user of the products; my team is around me to pick up on capabilities and learn how to apply them in terms of solving automation issues. We have been working very closely with three or four prominent players in the market and we have the capabilities in house to handle our client's needs.

In that last six months, we've been working with the latest version of the solution.

We use both public and private cloud deployment models, depending on the client's needs.

The solution is really good and it's rather budget-friendly. 

I'd recommend the solution if it looks like it will fulfill your organization's objective.

I'd rate the solution six out of ten. We're not really happy with the outcome of one particular complex process. For rather straightforward cases, I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Alexandre Cordova
Solutions Architect at Latourette Consulting
Real User
Top 20
Good pricing with very helpful technical support and an easy initial setup

Pros and Cons

  • "The pricing of the solution is quite good."
  • "The process discovery could be a bit better."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution for our banking clients based in Brazil and Latin America.

What is most valuable?

The solution is excellent for consulting websites. It helps make it possible to send information. They make it possible to download the solution or allow clients to upload files.

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. 

The configuration of the product is very fast and easy in comparison to other options.

The pricing of the solution is quite good.

The product has been very stable.

The solution can scale.

Technical support is very helpful.

What needs improvement?

The HR and IT areas of the product need to be improved. Right now, they are lacking. They need to be modernized. More logistics should be involved.

The process discovery could be a bit better.

The product needs to develop a web version of the solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for more than seven years at this point. It's been quite a few years since we started using it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is quite good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is quite scalable. You can have anywhere from one to 20 robots on one machine.

Our clients vary in size. Some are smaller organizations. We also work with larger companies.

Typically, you only really need a few IT people on the solution. It's not meant to be accessible to the entire employee pool.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support from Kofax is very good. We also offer support to our clients. We're the first level of support, and if the problem is something deep in the system, we would get Kofax involved. However, largely, we can handle any troubleshooting that the clients need. We've been quite satisfied with the level of support provided so far. They are very quick and quite knowledgeable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is fairly simple. It's not too complex. Everything is handled on their end. You simply need to pick the style and configuration you want and the product is delivered to you according to your specifications.

The deployment process typically takes about three months. Normally you have to do discovery and map the processes before making the configuration and delivering the final solution.

There isn't a lot of maintenance required. You only need one or two people to deploy and maintain everything.

What about the implementation team?

We are capable of implementing the solution for our customers. However, the solution is delivered according to a client's specifications from the company itself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution requires that you pay upfront for installing the product on sites. It may be a bit different of a setup if you go with a cloud or SaaS version, however, we use the on-premises deployment. You do pay separate amounts for different areas of the solution.

The pricing is very good in the region. It's very competitive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have looked at UiPath and Automation Anywhere. There are the main competitors to Kofax in Latin America.

The main difference between the solution is that Kofax is much more centralized. It has a Wizard and a robot that help with the configuration as well.

What other advice do I have?

We both sell and implement the solution for our clients.

We're using both versions 10 and 11 at this time.

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We've been quite satisfied with it overall.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Ross Macadam
Director at iicon ltd
Real User
Reasonable price, good ability to script information from websites, and reasonably easy to manage on a server-based deployment

Pros and Cons

  • "The ability to script information from websites is most valuable. It also seems to be fairly robust and reasonably easy to manage on a server-based deployment. We have a number of robots operating on the central server."
  • "We are on version 10.6, and the current version seems to be 11. Kofax is cycling the capabilities of the product very quickly. One of the difficulties has been to actually keep up with the capabilities as they've evolved. On the one hand, it is good that the product is getting better, but on the other hand, it is difficult to implement the best way with a product that is evolving constantly."

What is our primary use case?

We spider information from a variety of websites and create reports, which we use internally for competitive purposes.

What is most valuable?

The ability to script information from websites is most valuable. It also seems to be fairly robust and reasonably easy to manage on a server-based deployment. We have a number of robots operating on the central server.

What needs improvement?

We are on version 10.6, and the current version seems to be 11. Kofax is cycling the capabilities of the product very quickly. One of the difficulties has been to actually keep up with the capabilities as they've evolved. On the one hand, it is good that the product is getting better, but on the other hand, it is difficult to implement the best way with a product that is evolving constantly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for probably about three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems to be fairly robust.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are a very small company. There are only a few of us in the company, but all of us use the output in various ways. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good. Because they're putting a lot of resources into R&D development and quickly deploying the product, when you actually raise a case with them, their support people are able to directly interface with the technical people and come back with an answer pretty quickly. 

How was the initial setup?

It is fairly easy to set up as a product.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its pricing is reasonable given the product capabilities. Kofax has a wide range of products, and it can sometimes be confusing to understand which capabilities come with which product set. One of the key facets that we've been looking into recently is cognitive document recognition that was a core pile of some of their other technologies such as Kofax transformation modules (KTM). 

What other advice do I have?

We are using it in a fairly niche way to do web research. We have had some experience of doing internal robots, etc, and we had some experience of actually doing some implementations with larger organizations that we work for. The major observation we've made while automating routine tasks via a macro model is that in long term, they can be difficult to automate with complex systems like SAP because the base system has many different routes through the forest. When you do an RPA implementation, you may automate one route through the forest, but you then find that there are multiple routes that can diverge from that, so an initial project or initial robot spec can actually grow far beyond your initial expectations.

I would rate Kofax RPA an eight out of ten. In general, we've found it to be very functional and quite good. They seem to be offering features on newer instances faster than what we can absorb. There is feature overload, and possibly other RPA vendors are in the same area because the market does seem to be quite solid.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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IT Adviseur SCD / RPA Consultant / Blockchain Consultant at DAPP.Design
Real User
Top 20
A stable solution for service desk processes, but better education is needed and a community should be formed

Pros and Cons

  • "This is a stable platform and we did not encounter any big problems."
  • "It needs a free training portal for anybody on the internet to use so that they can get an idea of what the possibilities are."

What is our primary use case?

I am a consultant and this is a solution that I was working with for one of my clients. They are conducting a comparison of products, doing a proof of concept for each one.

The Kofax RPA is being tested to help with service desk operations.

What needs improvement?

Kofax needs to create a community where developers have the opportunity to donate to it.

The education surrounding this solution should be better. It needs a free training portal for anybody on the internet to use so that they can get an idea of what the possibilities are.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Kofax RPA for a few months during a proof of concept.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable platform and we did not encounter any big problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As far as I know, given that it is cloud-based, it is scalable. It depends on how you structure your organization, and whether you have a Center of Excellence that is capable of deploying and scaling the solution.

This is something that we have not yet reached in the evaluation but we are discussing it at the moment.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not yet been in touch with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy for the Kofax engineer.

It took them about two weeks to deploy and then implement that process. It was approximately the same length of time for UiPath.

What about the implementation team?

This solution is best installed by a specialist and my clients had the help of Kofax engineers.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My client is concurrently evaluating UiPath with a proof of concept for HR processes. I have also worked with Blue Prism.

The evaluation has not yet completed but the outcome will be the selection of either Kofax RPA or UiPath. My role is to give them advice on which of the two of these solutions will best suit their environment.

The most important factors are ease of deployment, support, and education or training. In my opinion, there is not much difference in technology between Kofax and UiPath.

UiPath is building a community where developers can share work.

UiPath and Blue Prism both have different educational streams available, where one is paid and the other is available to anybody on the internet.

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, when it comes to products and technologies, one is not better than the other. For example, even in a discussion about operating systems and whether macOS is better than Microsoft Windows, I don't think that one is superior. What you really have to look at are the requirements. Once those have been determined then it is possible to compare products and make a choice.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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Technology Lead Engineering and Platforms / Global Delivery Lead - RPA at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Scalable, with prompt technical support, but they should include more language support

Pros and Cons

  • "The OCR was quite stable and flexible."
  • "I would like to see them further enhance the OCR, specifically in the multi-language support."

What is our primary use case?

We use Kofax for one of the OCR capabilities, where we had to wire scan some video documents and extract information from them.

What is most valuable?

The OCR is quite stable and flexible. It was able to recognize hundreds of items in some of the use cases.

At times it was equal to ABBYY. ABBYY is definitely a leader in OCR from what I understand, although I haven't worked with it.

They also have good integration tools.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them further enhance the OCR, specifically in the multi-language support. We had a document in Japanese where there was a bit of a struggle. If that could be corrected in the new release that would be good.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been in the RPA space for five years.

In most cases, we are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable to an extent.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable product.

In my organization, there are close to 100 automation processes.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is quite prompt. I haven't had any issues. 

If I wanted support from Kofax or Automation Anywhere, both are good and respond promptly.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked in UiPath and Automation Anywhere.

How was the initial setup?

I was not a part of the installation. It was done by the infrastructure team.

The number of staff that it requires for deployment is dependant on the scale you want it to be. For example, the current team that is working with Automation Anywhere has a team of 20 developers and four admin teams.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Price is not a problem, because they are a competitor and we have a special rate.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. It's a good product.

We are not using the latest version, we have yet to migrate, but it is serving our purpose. I don't see any major issues.

In regards to integration, they are improving constantly and adding more connectors, which means integration is working well.

I don't have any issues with security or stability.

If I have to integrate with any other applications or tools, the partnership has to be established. For example, if you have to have a connector with Veeva Vault or SAP, the connector should be available.

The partnership or third-party should be available with that tool.

Technically, they have connectors with several other third parties. There could be exceptions.

I would rate Kofax RPA a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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TC
Branch Manager at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Nothing really makes this product stand out from the competition although it is stable and scalable

Pros and Cons

  • "It is stable and scalable."
  • "There is really nothing special about the capabilities of this product."
  • "Exception handling needs to be improved."
  • "The product needs more AI capabilities."

What is our primary use case?

We use it to automate manual tasks.  

What is most valuable?

I think it is similar to other RPA platforms. I do not think that there is much I can say is remarkable about this tool itself. I would say it does not present too many issues, but it is not at the level of the market competitors.  

What needs improvement?

I think they need to do a better job of following the lead of its competitors and build upon that. I would like to see more AI capabilities, and I think that is one of the keys. Exception handling should be improved as well to reduce errors and things like that.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Kofax RPA (Robotic Process Automation) for one year.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable product.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable product. We have more-or-less 200 people using it in our company.  

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not had the kind of issues where I needed to call into technical support. The issues I had, I addressed myself.  

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, and WorkFusion. I switched to Kofax because it is the product they are using at the company I work for now. That is mainly the reason I switched.  

How was the initial setup?

I joined a team who did the deployment, so I was not involved at the time of the deployment. I did not hear about any trouble.  

What other advice do I have?

I think your choice for an RPA solution depends on what the issues are that you are looking to resolve. If someone is using other Kofax products, they might have some advantages in using this solution. Other than that, I think that there are other tools on the market which may be better to work with for automation.  

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten ins the best), I would rate this product as a five-out-of-ten.  

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Cuneyt Ugur
Robotic Process Automation Leader at Borusan CAT
Real User
Top 5
Constantly improving with valuable tools for integration with RPA tools

What is our primary use case?

We mainly deal with robots for accounting sites and we have more than 140 of them with most used for accounting departments. For marketing departments, we have web crawling robots that use websites to collect a lot of market information. The solution is also used for main core accounting processes such as purchase orders or accounts receivable, accounts payable, etc. There are core activities in this process - entering invoices into SAP, creating invoices, bank account collections. The solution is also used for the operation site where we have more than 10,000 machines in different geographic locations. We get thousands of IoT signals from these machines and we check for error signals, many of which are diagnostic. We can provide information that can prevent…

What is our primary use case?

We mainly deal with robots for accounting sites and we have more than 140 of them with most used for accounting departments. For marketing departments, we have web crawling robots that use websites to collect a lot of market information. The solution is also used for main core accounting processes such as purchase orders or accounts receivable, accounts payable, etc. There are core activities in this process - entering invoices into SAP, creating invoices, bank account collections. The solution is also used for the operation site where we have more than 10,000 machines in different geographic locations. We get thousands of IoT signals from these machines and we check for error signals, many of which are diagnostic. We can provide information that can prevent a machine being corrupted. We are customers of Kofax. 

What is most valuable?

The solution is improving every day and they have valuable tools for integration with RPA tools like OCR system, for example. We use it on our PDF documents and on our invoices.

What needs improvement?

The product could be improved if they would use AI integrated robots. Some AI integrated features would be nice. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for about four years. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex; we use consultants for deployment and upgrading. They can handle it in two hours. We have more than 140 robots and we're expanding every day. We currently have four robot engines running at the same time. 

What other advice do I have?

I don't think there is a major difference among all the RPA tools on the market. We use Kofax effectively and I'm happy with it. 

I rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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